The inventor of the diesel engine died at sea under mysterious and still unexplained circumstances.
In 1929 Ronald Knox codified the ten rules that all detective fiction should follow.
Vidal Sassoon was an icon of 20th century fashion – and also beat up fascists in post-WWII London.
In early Christian tradition, the power of saints’ relics could be transferred from object to object by a simple touch.
The Muhammad Ali vs. Rocky Marciano boxing match was screened in theatres across Europe and North America in 1970. In American theatres, Marciano won. In European theatres, Ali did.
On March 31, 1913, a concert performance in Vienna ended with a riot and a famous slap.
The Asterix comics are notorious for obscure puns, but the most obscure may be the one used in Asterix and Cleopatra.
John I the Posthumous was the King of France for five days, from the time he was born until the time he died.
The oldest living rose bush has been growing on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral for several hundred years.
Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director, the creator of the first film to feature an all-African-American cast, and the co-founder of the largest pre-Hollywood film studio in the United States.
The earliest fully recorded game of modern chess – from the 15th century CE – is a poem about love.
The 19th century mystery watch was a genuine engineering puzzle: a pocket watch whose face was entirely transparent.
Gated reverb drums, one of the core sounds of 1980s rock music and most famously played in Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” were the result of an accident in the recording studio.
Lord Dunsany was an early 20th century fantasist whose writing inspired Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and many others. He also invented a chess variant where one side has 32 pawns and no other pieces.
Ubykh, an extinct language spoken on the shores of the Black Sea, has more consonants and fewer vowels than almost any other language.